The author of Hebrews is referring to Psalm 110:1. That Psalm, and especially that verse, astonished him. He has often mentioned them in his book Ė see Hebrews 1:3; 1:13; 5:6; 7:21 and 8:1.
Psalm 110 says that God invited Christ, as his priest, to sit down in his house. But the author knew about Israelís priests and their work. And inside the temple (Godís house in Jerusalem), there were no chairs for the priests. Every day, some priests went into that building. They stood to carry out their duties. Not even the chief priest had a seat there.
They did not sit down in Godís house because their work was never complete. Every day those priests had to offer sacrifices (gifts to God). They offered those sacrifices because of sin (peopleís wrong and evil deeds). But their sacrifices could not overcome the power of sin. Sin still controlled the lives of Godís people, so more sacrifices were always necessary.
That was so until Christ died. His death was the perfect sacrifice for sin because, by his death, Christ overcame the power of sin. His death made it possible for God to forgive sin. So sin does not rule the lives of Godís people now. Instead, they allow Godís Holy Spirit to rule their lives (Galatians 5:19-25). And when Godís people confess their sins, God forgives them (1 John 1:8-9).
Those priests offered sacrifices daily. Christís death happened only once. Their sacrifices could not overcome the power of sin. Christís death destroyed the power of sin. They stood to serve God. But after his death, Christ entered heaven to serve God as priest. And because his work was both complete and perfect, he sat down in Godís house there. God the Father gave his Son the place of greatest honour, at his own right side.
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